Ex-All Black Piri Weepu has admitted drink-driving.
He had been charged with drink driving at more than twice the legal limit after an incident in Lower Hutt last month.
The former halfback, who became a national hero during the All Blacks' 2011 World Cup-winning campaign, faced one charge of driving with excess breath alcohol on Victoria Street in Petone on July 15.
The 34-year-old appeared in the Hutt Valley District Court this morning on the charge. He is said to have had 600mcg of alcohol on his breath at the time of the alleged offending.
The legal limit is 250mcg, and anyone over 400mcg can receive a conviction.
Weepu initially fought to keep his name a secret.
But today he tweeted confirming the incident.
Kia ora everyone.— Piri Weepu (@piriweepu) August 6, 2018
On the of 15th July I was charged with excess breath alcohol while driving.
I am due to appear in court this morning in relation to this at which time i will plead… https://t.co/xE3MnURJEk
Kia ora everyone. On the of 15th July I was charged with excess breath alcohol while driving. I am due to appear in court this morning in relation to this at which time i will plead guilty. I made an error in judgement and put my hand up 100% and admit it was really bad call on my part. I’m extremely embarrassed and sorry for any impact this may have on my friends and family, and the wider community. Thank you to those who have supported me so far in this matter. I’ll be focussing hard on getting back on track.